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Mazdzer makes history Luger first male athlete to bring home medal for U.S. By Keith Lobdell SPORTS EDITOR

LAKE PLACID | Saranac Lake’s Chris Mazdzer has brought a men’s luge medal back to his hometown, the first male luger to ever do so. Mazdzer was guaranteed at least a bronze medal after his fourth run in Pyeongchang, South Korea, but moved into the silver medal position when two-time defending Olympic champion Felix Lock of Germany had a miscue on his final run. “This feels like 18 years in the making,” said Mazdzer to reporters after the event. “This is what you go to bed thinking about sometimes, to put it together on some of the most difficult conditions and be the first U.S. man to win an Olympic medal. It hasn’t set in. I can’t process all of that. I’ve just been having fun the last week.” Mazdzer started the second night of luge in fourth place after two runs. He turned up the heat with a track record in his third run that put him in second place. “Coming in, the ice temps are dropping. It’s

getting colder,” said Mazdzer. “I knew that I had it. I don’t know. It was a weird thing. I was at peace with myself. I looked at the ice and was excited, not nervous at all. I think that really helped me have that great third run.” Mazdzer’s silver medal time was 3:10.728. “I’d always been confident with my sliding, it’s just that the results hadn’t been there,” said Mazdzer. “I’ve had really good starts and really good sliding. It just took the conditions to be right. These conditions are so cold, it really played into my comfort zone, which is out of control and having fun.”


Erin Hamlin, four-time Olympian and Olympic bronze medalist, was selected as Team USA’s flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony. “Being named to an Olympic team is an amazing accomplishment, and making four teams and winning the bronze medal is so much more than I could I have imagined I would accomplish. Now being voted flag bearer is a whole new level,” said Hamlin, a Remsen native. “Working hard and earning success is one thing, being acknowledged as a great representative and member of Team USA by fellow athletes — many who I have been inspired by — is above and beyond anything I’ve experienced. It is definitely a privilege and honor to be the one to lead the team and will be a very special moment. I can’t wait to share it with them all.”

Chris Mazdzer made Olympic history Feb. 11, becoming the first male to win a luge medal, earning the Silver in his third Olympic attempt. Photo provided/Getty The announcement did not come without some controversy, as Shani Davis, making his fifth Olympics as a speedskater, felt he should have been the flag bearer after it was announced he lost a tie vote on a coin flip.


In the 10 km sprint, Lake Placid’s Lowell Bailey placed 33rd with a time of 24:54.4 along with 1:15.6 in penalty time after one miss on his second shooting station in his

first race of the Olympics, Along with Baiiey, Tim Burke took to the Pyeongchang course the following day as the Lake Placid native finished 17th in the 12.5km sprint pursuit event with a time of 35:11.3 with 2:19.6 in penalty time from three shooting misses. Bailey placed 32nd with a time of 36:43.3, but suffered 3:51.6 in penalties due to five missed shots in the final two shooting stations. ■

City councilor resigns, citing ‘tyranny of despair’ Mayor has 30 days to make an appointment By Elizabeth Izzo STA FF W RITER


PLATTSBURGH | Councilor Becky Kasper (Ward 5) has resigned following months of tension as the council contends with solving the City of Plattsburgh’s financial crisis. Kasper announced her resignation effective immediately on Feb. 8 at the end of the council’s regular session. “I have felt often that I have been complicit in some kind of tyranny of despair — that we don’t have a vision of joy anymore in looking forward to the city,” Kasper said. “And that’s something that I want to be a part of, and I don’t believe I can anymore.” Kasper, a Democrat, was first elected in 2013 to represent residents in the north end of Plattsburgh.

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Plattsburgh Little League to honor longtime coach City council OKs baseball field designation By Elizabeth Izzo STA FF W RITER

PLATTSBURGH | A baseball field in downtown Plattsburgh will be designated as Hector Duquette Field this summer in honor of a longtime coach with the Plattsburgh Little League. Duquette, 73, is a longstanding member of the community and has served as a coach with local teams for over 34 years, according to Zeke Perras, former vice president of the local league. Duquette said last year was his final one with the league, though he’s still involved with the sport through his son Gary Duquette, who coaches the Clinton County Senior Mariners. The league plans to hold a ceremony on May 5 at the Bailey Avenue field to officially honor

The Plattsburgh Little League plans to honor longtime coach Hector Duquette by naming a field on Bailey Avenue in his honor. Pictured here is the league’s opening day in 2016. Photo courtesy Plattsburgh Little League

The decision to designate the unnamed field in honor of Hector Duquette received unanimous approval from the Plattsburgh

Duquette and unveil a permanent plaque. “I get choked up thinking about it,” Duquette told The Sun. “I just can’t believe it, that’s all.”

Common Council on Feb. 8. “I was totally surprised by (that),” Duquette said. Councilor Peter Ensel (Ward 4) said it’s an honor well-deserved. The field, previously unnamed, is located adjacent to Lefty Wilson Field and Melissa Penfield Park. “Him and his family have done a tremendous amount for the growth of baseball in our area and continue to do so,” Perras said. “Oftentimes we wait until after someone is gone to honor them. I think this is an honor that Hector and his family deserve.” The council’s decision to award the honor last Thursday received a smattering of applause. This renaming marks the second big change at the field in recent months. With help from a $34,000 grant from the Major League Baseball Tomorrow Fund and a $20,000 grant from Little League International, the local league installed new stadium lights at the field last summer. ■

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Local students create 300-loop “wish chain” for military By Elizabeth Izzo STA FF W RITER

MOOERS | Students at Mooers Elementary School aren’t letting distance stop them from showing their support for servicemen stationed overseas. Fifth graders last month worked with their teacher, Robin Auger, to make a paper chain to send overseas. Over the course of three weeks, the students constructed over 300 links in what their teacher calls a “wish chain” — each brightlycolored loop inscribed with thank you notes and words of encouragement. “All of the kids were very enthusiastic about it,” Auger told The Sun. “My favorite part of making the wish chain for the soldiers was thinking about the soldiers and what to write on the slips

to cheer them up,” said student Haley Sass. “My mom was a medic in the Army in the 1990s, so it is important to me that we remember our soldiers.” Each of Auger’s 19 students contributed, she said, cutting up strip after strip of paper with the hope that their efforts would inspire happiness in any soldiers that see it. “I was hoping that making the wish chain for the soldiers would make them happy,” said student Alyse Lafountain. “They don’t get to see their family members, so they are probably lonely a lot.” Auger said that while there’s a lot of support for soldiers around Christmas — her students even skype with soldiers in Germany during the holidays to sing Christmas carols — she felt the time after the holidays could be even more lonely for those stationed overseas. “After that big to-do, there’s a bit of a letdown,” she said. “I said, ‘maybe we can do something to brighten their days after the holidays.’” The Pew Research Center reports 193,442 U.S. soldiers are deployed overseas. The wish chain from this school is headed to a base in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Auger said — one of the other teachers at the school


Peru man arrested twice after domestic incident

PERU | On Feb. 4, at approximately 5:30 p.m., New York State Police responded to a residence on Allen Hill Road in Peru for a report of a domestic dispute. The victim reported that Tracy L. Carte, 51, threatened to physically harm her. Carte was located, arrested and charged with menacing in the third degree, a misdemeanor. Carte was arraigned in the Town of Ausable Court and released after posting $500 cash bail or $1,000 bond. A stay away order of protection was issued at the arraignment to Carte, ordering him to have no contact with the victim. A short time later, state police responded back to the victim’s address to serve the victim her copy of the order of protection issued by the Town of Ausable Court. Carte was located in the driveway. He immediately began to flee on foot when he observed the patrol vehicle. Troopers pursued Carte on foot, through the

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Fifth grade students from Mooers Elementary School created a 300-link “wish chain” to send to military personnel overseas last month. Photo provided has a brother stationed there. “We’re hoping they’ll put (the chain) up in the barracks, or the mess hall,” she said. Though some students don’t personally know anyone currently stationed overseas, their loved ones at one time or another were, and the experience of waiting for them to come home remains a vivid memory for many families:

backyard of the residence and into an open field, where he was eventually taken into custody. Carte was arrested and charged with criminal contempt in the second degree, a misdemeanor, and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor. He was again arraigned in the Town of Ausable Court and remanded to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 secure bond. ■

Plattsburgh woman arrested for sending threatening letter

PLATTSBURGH | On Feb. 5, at approximately 7:25 p.m., New York State Police responded to a report of threatening letter in the Town of Beekmantown. The victim received a hand-written letter in her mailbox which caused her to be in fear for her safety. The suspect was determined to be Janina M. Quaglietta, 21, of Plattsburgh. Quaglietta was charged with one count of aggravated harassment in the second degree, a misdemeanor. She was

“When my Pepe was young, he served overseas in the military,” said student Oceanna Roberts. “My family knows what it’s like to miss someone and worry about them. “I feel like the soldiers should be treated with respect and care. I think they should know that students back home are thinking of them and appreciate what they are doing.” ■

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Man arrested in Willsboro for violating order of protection

WILLSBORO | On Feb. 7, at approximately 7 a.m., New York State Police responded to a residence on Cypress Avenue in the Town of Willsboro for a report of a domestic dispute. On scene, an investigation revealed that 36-year-old Joshua M. Sanford was in violation of a stay away order of protection by being in contact at that address with the protected party. He was also found to be wanted by the Elmira City Police Department. Sanford was arrested and charged with criminal contempt in the first degree, having been convicted of criminal contempt in the second degree within the preceding five years. He was arraigned in the Town of Lewis Court and remanded to Essex County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. ■ » Police blotter Cont. on pg. 7


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‘Truly transparent town hall’ planned for Dems seeking to unseat Stefanik

Candidates seeking to unseat Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Willsboro) will participate in the “The People’s Forum: A Truly Transparent Town Hall” at SUNY Plattsburgh on Saturday, Feb. 17. Photo by Pete DeMola

Emerging field of contenders will meet Saturday at SUNY Plattsburgh By Pete DeMola



PLATTSBURGH | Candidates running for New York’s 21st Congressional District will face off in a forum this weekend. “The People’s Forum: A Truly Transparent Town Hall” will be held at the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Hawkins Hall on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. The forum is the second grassroots event for congressional hopefuls seeking to bump off Rep. Elise Stefanik (RWillsboro) to be held this year following a panel last month in South Glens Falls. The group Change Through Action and SUNY Plattsburgh’s Institute for Ethics in Public Life and the Center for Community Engagement are branding the event as nonpartisan candidate forum open to all. The mission is to “provide a truly engaging, educational and authentic town hall-style dialogue between the people of the district and the district’s 2018 congressional candidates,” the group said in a statement. Julia Devine (Center for Community Engagement) and Dr. Jonathan Slater (Institute for Ethics in Public Life) will moderate. “All questions will come directly from audience members with questions being chosen via lottery and not pre-screened » Kasper Cont. from pg. 1 Kasper recommended Bruce Lawson, her Republican opponent in the 2013 election, to take her place. “I have a perfect candidate,” Kasper told Read, gesturing toward Lawson in the audience.


During her time on the council, Kasper was a vocal member, advocating on multiple occasions for greater transparency within city government. “I’d like to see our city government care about the people that matter,” she told The Sun. “Both the residents and our workers.” On July 27 of last year, which saw four city departments abolished in a single night, Kasper was outspoken about her concerns regarding what she perceived as hastiness in the decision to eliminate workers’ jobs. Read advocated for the abolishment of the Human Resources, Engineering, Parks and Recreation and IT departments in what he said was an effort to slash expenditures and stave off a double-digit tax increase. Kasper voted to keep every department apart from the Human Resources Department, which was unanimously abolished. She was known as an advocate for department managers and city staff, and has been praised by her colleagues for her work leading the city’s new Infrastructure Committee. “I’ve been thrilled to work with the city managers and the city workers. I can’t say how much I’ve learned from you,” she said, looking to a cluster of staff sitting across the chambers. “I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the efforts you put into this city and what you endure for the city. “Know that I definitely appreciate all the

or pre-selected in any way,” said organizers in a press release. Past affairs have focused on candidates introducing themselves to voters and criticizing Stefanik — not necessarily going after each other. But that may change as nine candidates seek to distinguish themselves from the pack, which shows no signs of winnowing ahead of the April 12 deadline to file petitions to get on the ballot. Local Democrats aren’t making endorsements. “We made a decision as a committee to not make an endorsement of a candidate,” said Clinton County Democratic Committee Chair Sara Rowden. “The feeling was very strong to let this primary play out the Democratic way.” Rowden said the majority of other committees in the 12county district are in the same situation. “I think it’s very positive that there’s this many people interested,” Rowden said. “It’s problematic in a way, but exciting so many people are running for this position, which has not been this way in the past.” Former Rep. John McHugh had only token opponents, Rowden said. A record number of women are running in the 2018 elections, including five in this race, a measure Rowden said is important. Voters who follow politics are paying close attention to the primary, Rowden acknowledged. But there also appears to be a sense of broader engagement amongst the public. “I think last year’s election was a real wake-up call for a lot of people,” Rowden said. A person familiar with Democratic party leadership in Clinton County said the right candidate will strengthen the party while

in the process of building their own campaign operation. “We want to see a strong winner emerge from the primary process who has built the party and a strong grassroots operation,” the person said. Stefanik defeated Mike Derrick, a Peru native, in 2016 by 35 points — the largest spread of any federal Republican lawmaker in the state. The nine declared candidates seeking the nomination in 2018 present a mish-mash of professional backgrounds, political experience and fundraising operations. Stefanik raised about $3.1 million in her re-election effort, out-fundraising Derrick by about 3 to 1. “I think people Clinton County are eager to see a mix of an ability to do the job, and the ability to win,” said the source, who requested anonymity in order to speak candidly. “The people who have a background in one or the other, and ability to demonstrate either, are going to be viewed most favorably.” Each candidate must obtain 1,250 signatures to gain ballot access. Rowden was heartened that all candidates pledged to support the eventual nominee. And she encouraged the candidates — all of whom but one will fall short in clinching the nomination — to use their increased name recognition garnered during their campaigns for a future run for state or local office.


The forum on Feb. 17 will conclude with a straw poll. While scientifically inaccurate, candidates have used them to tout what they have said is frontrunner status. Tedra Cobb, a former St. Lawrence County legislator, claimed a victory after she won the straw poll in South Glens Falls with 23 percent of the 176 participants casting their votes. Patrick Nelson, a political activist, won a straw poll at Clinton Community College last November. Paired with his 17 percent showing last month, he has since billed himself as a frontrunner using a weighted average of the two. Organizers at the South Glens Falls forum said they hoped the event paired with the poll would winnow away the field. It didn’t work: A ninth candidate joined the race later that month. All Democratic candidates have confirmed their attendance for Saturday. Cobb and Nelson join Tanya Boone, Don Boyajian, Sara Idleman, Ronald Kim, Emily Martz, David Mastrianni and Katie Wilson. Russell Finley, who is challenging Stefanik for the Republican nomination, will also attend. Stefanik was invited, but unable to attend, organizers said. ■

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Some workers were teary-eyed as they bid the rep farewell. Environmental Services Manager Jonathan Ruff thanked the councilor for her advocacy: “I’d just like to thank you, real quick, Becky,” he said. “We’ve worked together a lot of years, you were my (department’s) liaison and I always appreciated your advocacy and your assistance and the fact-based, logical approach you brought to things.” Kasper in the past has spoken out against the developer of Lakeside Apartments, a condemned property on the shore of Lake Champlain that still remains, seven years after being destroyed by flood. In addition to that, she for years championed beautification efforts throughout the city, sometimes organizing volunteer groups to help out. As a self-professed animal-lover, the lawmaker also worked closely with Animal Rescue and Welfare Services, a city-contracted volunteer group that aimed to find, house and contain the feral cat population. Kasper is currently the director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at SUNY Plattsburgh and plans to remain at her position there. “I hope to still be an active citizen in this city in a different capacity,” she said. Local landlord Carol Klepper said that she hopes with Kasper’s resignation, the council will see this as an opportunity to work as one unit: “I hope, as a long-term resident, that maybe we look at this to work more as a council to everyone’s benefit,” she said. “It doesn’t help anybody to work in little segments.” The final meeting of Kasper’s tenure was

Councilor Becky Kasper (Ward 5) resigned on Feb. 8 following months of tension as the council contends with solving the city’s financial problems. Photo by Elizabeth Izzo adjourned by her. In the future she told The Sun that she hopes to see her city “popping.” “People doing things, taking chances and having a vision for the long-term — a vision beyond tomorrow.” As for what she plans to do now: “Well, I’m not going to Disney World,” she quipped. “I’m going to live my life.”


Mayor Colin Read can now appoint someone to take Kasper’s seat until the next election. His appointment must garner at least three votes from the council. If the mayor’s choice doesn’t reach majority vote within a month, a special election may be held within 90 days. When asked by a reporter if he had an ap-

pointment in mind, Read said simply “no.”


Kasper wasn’t the only one to hand in her resignation. Community Development Director Paul DeDominicas resigned that same morning. Read said that DeDominicas didn’t offer a specific reason for leaving, and he hadn’t seen the official since he resigned but planned to follow up with him. “I think the transition will be very smooth,” Read said. “We’re on the verge of hiring a senior planner anyway, who will run that department.” The idea of a senior planner position, which will act similarly to the Town of Plattsburgh’s senior planner, surfaced after the Engineering Department was abolished last year. Chief Water Pollution Control Plant Officer David Powell, who worked for the city for 37 years, also announced his retirement that night. ■

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Little, Stec introduce ambulance relief legislation Bills would allow counties to form ambulance districts

Essex County Manager Dan Palmer said the creation of a special district will allow Essex County to collect fees from properties with tax-exempt status, which amounts to some $2 billion countywide. “We can leverage additional assessed value to lower property tax rates,” he said. By Pete DeMola EDITOR The proposed bills have the support of the New York State Association of Counties “This truly is shared services amongst ELIZABETHTOWN | Two state lawmaktowns and the county at your initiative and we ers have introduced a bill that would allow really applaud the state legislature for doing municipalities to create ambulance districts. this. Not just in the North Country, but for Local officials say it will alleviate the labor counties across the state it will be a benefit,” shortage facing emergency squads across said Executive Director Stephen Acquario. the rural Adirondack Park as they struggle “We have to help the men and women out to attract emergency medical technicians. there who are volunteering their services.” “This is where this idea for this piece of The creation and oversight of a possible legislation originated,” state Sen. Elizabeth countywide district would be administered Little (R-Queensbury) told Essex County by Essex County, and will not include the lawmakers on Thursday. creation of a board of commissioners. Little’s Senate bill joins companion legCounty lawmakers said they hoped the islation sponsored by Assemblyman Dan State Assemblyman Dan Stec (R-Queensbury) and state Sen. 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Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

It’s what’s inside that counts

It’s hard to watch a newscast, read a newspaper or even hear about current events and attempt By Dan Alexander to make sense of the • PUBLISHER • anger that seems to have altered the general optimism that has always been a part of our country. Our free democratic society is based on the rule of law, but at the heart of those who make the United States of America their home. It’s also about more than the law it’s about what’s in one’s heart. Each of us deals with issues in our unique way, and while we can blame others for many things, at the end of the day, our actions are governed by what’s inside each of us. How we treat others, how we see ourselves and how we choose to conduct our lives in public and private can be based on our life experiences. It doesn’t mean one’s state in life is predetermined, but it can be a good indication of future behavior. First and foremost, it starts with respect. Respect for self, respect for others, respect for property, respect for the beliefs others may hold dear and most important, respect for life itself. I think we all struggle with the actions of those whose belief system is opposite of our own. Yet we all know people whom we don’t agree with completely, but out of respect, you accept them as they are. Varying beliefs are an important component of our melting pot, but to some measure, we must all conform to certain standards. In a democracy, such as we have here in America, our system is designed to be governed by compromise and balanced procedures, to establish a degree of fairness to all. Where our system appears to be falling short these days stems from the fact that our political parties have become so polarized that their ability to work out their differences has spilled over into the public. The result seems to have created this environment of public angst and is fed by the two-party system, special interest money, and a media that prefers to dwell on those differences. We elect people we trust to resolve these issues so that they do not affect public safety nor our stability. If our two-party system refuses to resolve these issues in a reasonable time, perhaps it’s time they are put on notice for new leaders that are more open to compromise. ■

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Hosting a town hall would be a win-win-win for Stefanik, constituents — and critics Rep. Elise Stefanik faced a tough crowd last May after voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The crowd was angry that day. But she fended off tough questions with ease. And she should do it again. Stefanik’s famous aversion for town halls and unscripted events has become something of an Achilles’ heel for the sophomore lawmaker, who is seeking a third term this fall. The dizzying array of opponents seeking to unseat her in November drape the issue around her neck every chance they can get. And it’s become a war cry for the disgruntled progressive activists who have issued all sorts of hysterical jeers to batter her for perceived slights. While crude and counterproductive, their hostility can at least be understood: People just want a chance to hold their elected officials accountable. To her credit, Stefanik was the first lawmaker to host a town hall-style meeting following last year’s controversial health care vote. She’s held countless events across the district over the past three years, including dozens of meet and greets, telephone conference calls, small group meetings, as well

as numerous appearances where she engages in retail politics with local voters. And you know what? She’s really good at them. Stefanik excels at connecting with people, which makes her aversion to town halls that much more puzzling. She’s a skilled politician, and has empathy and the ability to connect with voters. We’ve always found the lawmaker to be well-versed on the issues and able to speak at length about almost any subject, as well as hold up to questioning. But people still want that old-fashioned town hall setting. Holding these events would be a winwin-win for the lawmaker, her constituents and the seething fraction of the electorate who finds her aversion to be so problematic. But most of all, it will give Stefanik a chance to deflate the conspiracy theories that have unfortunately come to dominate our politics, and retain the narrative as a can-do, attentive lawmaker. Because this avoidance allows critics to rebrand her as aloof and distant, which we’ve found really isn’t the case. Obviously town halls have their drawbacks.


When it comes to Trump, dissent is not treason

To the Editor, The Statue of Liberty holds a torch aloft in her right hand. It symbolizes lighting the way to liberty and freedom and has welcomed countless immigrants to this country. They have come seeking freedom from oppressive governments, economic security, a better way of life. Under Donald Trump, she might as well be holding a stop sign. Just when you think this man can sink no lower, he manages it. Most recently, because the Democrats refused to applaud his State of the Union address, he went on one of his tweet rants. He not only called the Democrats “un-American” but went so far as to tweet, “Somebody said treasonous. Can we call that treason? Why not?” This is his normal ploy. He poses an outrageous statement as a question. His followers take him literally, as he intended them to do. This is a man who wants to be a dictator ruling a totalitarian state. That is the kind of statement we would expect from Vladimir Putin or Kim Jong-un, or Adolph Hitler. Dissent is not treason. Freedom of speech is not treason. Refusal to applaud Donald Trump is not treason. Totalitarian rulers silence the press, silence the opposition. This country should not go down that path. Anne Morse, Warrensburg ■

Frontier broadband speed remains problematic

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Stefanik’s Republican colleagues in the House and Senate have faced circus-like atmospheres at similar events. We suspect the lawmaker is nervous about an exchange with a testy activist going viral and being used in a campaign ad. That’s always a possibility. But it comes with the territory, and her colleagues have all come out of similar events unscathed. Moderators and organizers should agree on some terms beforehand. Questions should not be pre-screened, for instance. But GOP lawmakers should not have to answer for every comment and action from a mercurial and controversial president, for instance, who has shown that he’s essentially a RINO and does not represent the sentiments of most Republicans we know. The benefits would far outweigh the risks. It’s obviously ultimately up to her. But until she does so, she’s unnecessarily opening herself up to unwarranted criticism and handing her opponents round after round of ammunition that drowns out her numerous legislative accomplishments. -The Sun Editorial Board ■

26 hours to do a simple software upgrade, have it interrupted, and then have to start all over. Perhaps we should all do speed tests and send the results weekly to the governor’s office until this is fi xed. Glenn L. Pearsall, Johnsburg ■

United Way thankful for community generosity

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» Police blotter Cont. from pg. 3

Plattsburgh man arrested for DWI

PLATTSBURGH | On Feb. 11, at about 9:40 p.m., Clinton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Route 3 in the Town of Saranac near the Saranac County Store for a report of a one car personal injury accident. Investigation on scene determined that the operator and sole occupant of the vehicle involved, Joseph M. Behrmann, 42, was driving his 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo west on Route 3 when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a snow embankment on the north side of the roadway. Responding deputies determined Behrmann was allegedly operating the vehicle while in an intoxicated condition. He reported head pain and suffered a minor laceration in the incident and was treated on scene before declining transport to the hospital. Behrmann was transported from the scene and processed at the sheriff’s office. He was released after being issued appearance tickets to appear in Town of Saranac Court in March. ■

Champlain man charged with felony after failing to report social media account

CHAMPLAIN | On Feb. 10 at 6:50 p.m., Clinton County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Rick Duffina, 47, in the Town of Plattsburgh following an investigation into unreported social media accounts allegedly possessed by Duffina that were opened in October 2017. It’s alleged that Duffina, a level two sex offender, failed to report a social media account to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office and New York State as required by law, a Class E felony. Duffina was processed at the sheriff’s office and released after being issued an appearance ticket. He will appear in Town of Champlain Court in March for arraignment. ■

Schuyler Falls man arrested for DWAI

SCHUYLER FALLS | On Feb. 6 at 11:36 p.m., Clinton

County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Scott L. Stockwell, 44, for DWAI drugs following a traffic stop in the Town of Plattsburgh. Investigation on scene by the deputies revealed that Stockwell was allegedly operating his vehicle under the influence of drugs. Stockwell was processed at the sheriff’s office and released on appearance tickets returnable to Town of Plattsburgh Court on a later date. ■

Plattsburgh woman arrested on DWAI charges

PLATTSBURGH | On Feb. 8 at 11:05 p.m., the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a possible impaired driver operating a motor vehicle in the Town of Plattsburgh. Sheriff’s deputies located the vehicle. Investigation into the complaint revealed that the driver, Heather Calkins, 30, allegedly operated her motor vehicle while in an impaired condition. It is also alleged that Calkins was found to be in possession of an open container as well as a controlled substance during the investigation. She was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, a misdemeanor; criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor; consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle, an infraction; and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. Calkins was transported to the sheriff’s office to be processed and released to a third party on appearance tickets requiring her to appear at the Town of Plattsburgh Court on a later date. ■

Plattsburgh woman arrested for petit larceny

PLATTSBURGH | On Feb. 9 at 1:10 p.m., Clinton County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Tammy R. Manor, 41, on the charge of petit larceny, a misdemeanor. The arrest was made subsequent to an investigation of a complaint reported by Target in which Manor allegedly took several items from the store without paying for them. Manor was processed at the sheriff’s office and issued an appearance ticket. She is scheduled to appear in the Town of Plattsburgh Court on a later date to answer the charge. ■


Registration now open for annual Shine On conference

PLATTSBURGH | Registration for SUNY Plattsburgh’s 9th annual Shine On conference, a program for elementary school girls to help build self-confidence, opened online last week at The conference is set for April 14-15. To register, or for more information, visit ■

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Guest Columnists

Become an official, stay connected to high school sports By Bob Gardner and Robert Zayas They don’t make the headlines, their names are not in the box scores and they don’t make the all-star teams, but perhaps the most important individuals in high school sports are the contest officials. These individuals are so important that, in fact, there would be no organized competitive sports at the high school level without the men and women who officiate these contests every day across the country. Subtract the dedicated men and women who officiate high school sports and competitive sports would no longer be organized — they would be chaotic. In some areas, high school officials are retiring faster than new licenses are being issued. And junior varsity, freshmen and middle school games are being postponed — or even canceled — because there are not enough men and women to officiate them. Anyone looking for a unique way to contribute to the local community should consider becoming a licensed high school official. For individuals who played sports in high school, officiating is a great way to stay close to the sport after their playing days have ended. Officiating helps people stay in shape, expands their social and professional network and offers part-time work that is flexible, yet pays. In fact, officiating is a form of community service, but with compensation. Another benefit of officiating is that individuals become role models so that teenagers in the community can learn the life lessons that high school sports teach. Students learn to respect their opponents and the rules of the game and the importance of practicing good sportsmanship thanks, in part, to those men and women who officiate. And the objectivity and integrity that high school officials display is an example that every young person needs to observe firsthand. In short, communities around the country will be stronger because of the life lessons that high school officials help teach the next generation. Officiating is a great way to stay connected to sports and to give back to the local high school and community. We need dedicated men and women to become involved so that high school sports can continue to prosper for years to come. Individuals interested in learning more about becoming a high school official, and even begin the application process, can do so at ■ — Bob Gardner is the executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations. Robert Zayas is the executive director of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

Olympic Notes

Symbols and medals

In its first few days of competition, the XXIII Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang have given local athletes platforms By Kim Dedam to shine. Symbols in the ice, on • COLUMNIST • the medals and throughout the venues have particular meaning for athletes and the spirit of the 2018 Winter Games. The motto for Pyeongchang 2018 is “Passion. Connected.” According to the South Korean Olympic Committee’s official description, “Passion” set the intention that Pyeongchang2018 would provide a stage where people can exchange inspiration and “share

Symbols for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics: The first symbol, a small, open box, is the first consonant of the first syllable of Pyeongchang in Hangeul and it expresses the harmony of Heaven, Earth and Man. the Koreans’ warm unique hospitality,

and experience the excitement of the Olympic and Paralympic Spirit.” “Connected” signifies an openness, the committee said, “where all generations can participate anytime and anywhere through Korea’s cutting-edge technology and cultural convergence.” Two symbols from the Korean alphabet identify the Olympic message in Pyeongchang. The first symbol, shaped like a small temple, is actually first consonant of the first syllable of Pyeongchang in Hangeul (the Korean alphabet), and it expresses the harmony of Heaven, Earth and Man. The second symbol, a small star that somewhat resembles an asterisk, is the first Korean consonant of the second syl-

The second symbol, a small star, is the first Korean consonant of the second syllable in Pyeongchang. In Hangeul, it represents snow, ice, and winter sports stars (the athletes). Photos/IOC

lable in Pyeongchang. In Hangeul, it represents snow, ice, and winter sports stars.

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embedded as consonants that stretch in three dimensional shapes across the face of the medal and pour over its edge where they come together around the outside to spell “Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018.” “Consonants were stretched out and cut in the three dimensional shape of a cylinder to form the medal,” the designer explained in revealing artwork for the medals. To find out more about this innovative artwork, visit pyeongchang2018. com/en/medal South Korean Olympic officials said the design with “these dynamic diagonal lines reflect both the history of the Olympic Games and the determination of the competitors vying for a place on the podium.” According to Forbes, the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic gold medal has a value of approximately $572. “While it is known throughout the world as the gold medal, it is actually a silver medal plated with gold,” Forbes reported. “This year’s gold medal weighs 586 grams, making it the heaviest gold medal in Olympic history. Only 6 grams of the





Hanok, traditional Korean houses, were the source of inspiration for the medals case. The simple yet elegant curves of a Hanok’s eaves have been incorporated into the wooden case. Light teal and pale red ribbons are used to place medals on winning athletes. The ribbons are made of a traditional Korean fabric called Gapsa. The Hangeul symbols are also pressed into the fabric. Gold, silver and bronze medals each have a wooden, disc-shaped container, which the Olympic Committee said are “curved to represent the shape of eaves that extend out from the roofs of Hanok, traditional Korean houses.” ■

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From the sidelines

It’s gonna happen

Sooner or later, that day will come. It’s the day you have told yourself for the majority of your life — at By Keith Lobdell least from early teens • SPORTS EDITOR • until the day it happens — will never come. There is no way you would ever lower yourself so low, get so desperate or find no other way of doing what you are about to do, until it happens. And, more importantly, until you know you just did it. Case in point: Let’s say I am talking to a child. We’ll say “X” to conceal his identity. The topic: Grades, a very normal topic in a very normal household because, at times, they can fluctuate some, leading to discussions about how to bring them back up where you as a parent feel they belong. So the conversation goes on, and you get the typical, “Hey, I’m passing, aren’t I?” Wait, the grammar is too good there. So the conversation goes on, and you get the typical, “Hey, I’m passing, right?” — which is event better — or, “Why are you acting like I am failing?” Great question, and one that deserves and honest, pure and well

thought out explanation. At first, you think nothing of what you are about to say. “Because you are not... Then you start to relive the same exact moment in your head. Except, in your head, those words are not coming out of your mouth, but directed at you: “...trying.” Now, you’re almost reliving it. You can see yourself sitting on the bed, or dining room table, or, in my case, too many other places to count. And that voice is of... your mother. “As hard as you should be.” Please, no! Don’t say the next line. “If you were trying, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.” Now it’s just spewing out, and you can’ control it. “We don’t want you to just do enough, we want you to always do your best.” You’ve done it, you have broken the solemnest vow of solemn vows you made in your adolescence, and you feel shame and remorse and like you need to take a shower. And yet, you gasp in amazement, knowing it had to be said. You’ve said the exact same thing your parents said to you in your foibles of youth, adding that you, in turn, would say the same thing to your kids some day. Now, you have. ■

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Peru eyes Sullivan Park upgrades Fundraising for improvements to local park continue By Elizabeth Izzo STA FF W RITER

PERU | After failing to secure funding from the county health department’s Healthy Neighborhoods program, the Town of Peru has turned to its residents to help raise $19,300 for improvements to Sullivan Park. “This is a way that the town is looking ahead to the future,” said Marque Moffett, a project organizer. “We’d really like to rejuvenate the park.” The park, located on the outskirts of the hamlet just down the road from the town hall, currently has the capacity to host baseball and soccer games. The town recently added a skating rink using money from the town’s reserves. With $19,300 raised through an online crowdfunding platform, along with a state match of $10,000, the town hopes to make that a reoccurring seasonal fixture, according to Pam Barber, secretary to the town

board and Gazebo Park coordinator. “There’s a lot of youth in town, and as a community member, I’m always looking for ways for them to be more engaged here in town rather than having to go to Plattsburgh,” Moffett said. Plans for the park also include the installation of a new basketball court this spring, benches and picnic tables. “We wanted to redo Sullivan Park and put in a multi-season area for people to get out and get some exercise and clear their heads,” Barber told The Sun. “Somewhere people can get out from in front of the TV and the computer, open for all ages.” As of last Wednesday, the town had raised $6,280 toward the updates. The New York State Health Foundation will match donations up to $10,000. “We’ve seen a lot of people using the skating rink already,” Barber said. “It’s been well-received, it’s being used pretty much daily.” The deadline for fundraising is Feb. 14, according to the project’s IOBY crowdfunding page. Anyone interested in donating can find the page at ■

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PERU - K of C or Knights of Columbus Bingo, Tuesdays @ 7:10 p.m. St. Augustines Parish Center, 3030 Main St. All welcome!

PERU - Tuesdays at 6pm, on February 20, March 6 & March 20, Living with Alzheimers an Education Program will be presented for family members and friends who are becoming care-givers or support care-givers. In the middle stage of Alzheimers disease, those who were care partners now become hands-on caregivers. Join us for this important 3-part series to discuss helpful strategies from caregivers and professionals to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimers.Parking is convenient in the adjacent lot or on Elm Street, and the Fellowship Center accessed via either entry door. The sessions are open to all, and are about 1 hour in length. The church office and Reverend Peggi Eller may be reached at 518-6438641. Our website is

LAKE PLACID - Lake Placid Winter Community Hike,This winter ADK is teaming up with the Uihlein Foundation to offer free naturalist walks once a month at the Heaven Hill Trails just outside of the village of Lake Placid on Bear Cub Lane. Participants should meet at the Heaven Hill trailhead and be prepared for a 1-2 mile walk in winter conditions. Snowshoes or microspikes will be provided if needed. Community hikes are on the last Saturday of every month, start at 2pm, and are on the following dates: January 27, February 24, and March 24.

PLATTSBURGH - Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh Every Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Search for Meaning. A study and discussion group that is now exploring Eckhart Tolles A New Earth: Awakening to Your Lifes PurposeAll are open to the public, free and at 4 Palmer St. unless otherwise noted.

SARANAC LAKE - Ruth Pino, the Food Service Manager for the Saranac Lake Central School District will talk about the Adirondack Farm to School Initiative on Thursday, February 22 at the Saranac Lake Free Library from noon to 1 PM. All presentations of the Library Lunch program are free and open to the public. Bring lunch if you like, and desserts and beverages will be served courtesy of the Librarys Hospitality Committee. For more information call the Saranac Lake Free Library at 518891-4190.

PLATTSBURGH - Celebrate Recovery Meeting every Monday, 6:00 pm, Turnpike Wesleyan Church, 2224 Military Tpke., Plattsburgh. Open to the public. N0o charge or commitment required. For more information call 518-566-8764.

PORT HENRY Port Henry Knights of Columbus, bingo, 7 p.m. Every Monday CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS WHALLONSBURG – Play Gym at the Whallonsburg Grange, Starts Feb. 3rd and then every Saturday until March 3rd 9:30am to noon. Indoor winter fun for families with little ones. Newborn to age 6. Jump, run slide, scoot, play! Free, Donations gratefully accepted. For more info 518-963-7777 or CLASSES & WORKSHOPS GLENS FALLS – Double-Bottomed Bushel Basket with Barbara Boughton Feb. 24th 9am-5pm at 18 Curran St. Must be 12 years or older. For pricing & more info call 518-696-2400 or GLENS FALLS – Introduction to cold Process Soap making with Roberta Devers-Scott Feb. 23rd 6pm-9pm& Feb. 24th 9am-12pm at 18 Curran St. For pricing & more info call 518-696-2400 or GLENS FALLS – Introduction to Woodturning with John Kingsley Feb. 25th 9am-12pm at 18 Curran St. NO LOOSE-FITTING CLOTHES. For pricing & more info call 518696-2400 or GLENS FALLS – Winter Shelters & Backcountry Safety with Dave Muska Feb. 25th 9am-4pm at 18 Curran St. For pricing & more info call 518-696-2400 or LAKE LUZERNE – Felt Twig Scarf with Robin Blakney-Carlson Feb. 17th 9am-4pm. at Adirondack Folk School 51 Main St. For pricing & more info call 518-696-2400 or LAKE LUZERNE – Infusions, Tinctures and Salves with Christine Eberhardt Feb. 18th 1pm-4:30pm. at Adirondack Folk School 51 Main St. For pricing & more info call 518-696-2400 or

WESTPORT - Log-Grown Shiitake: Economics and Management for a Profitable Crop, Saturday, February 17 at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall, Workshop runs from 9am to 4pm, with a catered lunch included. To Register: visit Please note: This is not for home-production. The workshop specifically addresses commercial production. Please contact Carly Summers at with questions. COMMUNITY OUTREACH ELIZABETHTOWN - The diabetes support group meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Elizabethtown Community Hospital, in the boardroom,4:30 PM - 6:00 PM. The meeting is open to anyone those with diabetes, their caregivers, family members and friends. ESSEX - The Essex Yoga Club meets every Monday at 5:30 pm at St. Johns Church. Free, open to all. MORIAH – Free Adult Swim Program January 31st – March 21st. Wednesdays at the Moriah High School 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Exercise-based. 5:00 pm-6:00pm Open Swim. PERU - St. Augustines Soup Kitchen, Free Delicious Meal Every Wednesday, 3030 Main St., 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

PLATTSBURGH - Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Sunday Serenity. 12-Step Meeting of Adult Children of Alcoholics. For more information about the organization, visit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4 Palmer St. PLATTSBURGH - The Town of Plattsburgh Parks and Recreation Department will be offering snowshoeing and cross country skiing to adults and seniors at the Cadyville Recreation Park. We will provide instruction as well as the equipment, if needed. This free program will occur every Thursday in February from 1-2:30 PM. Please, contact the Town of Plattsburgh Parks and Recreation Department at 518-562-6860 if you have questions. PLATTSBURGH - The Town of Plattsburgh Parks and Recreation Department will be offering a Family Snowshoe Night to individuals and families at the Cadyville Recreation Park on February 16th. This free program begins at 5:30 PM 7:00 PM and participants should bring a flashlight or headlamp. We will have hot chocolate available for this fun evening! Pre-register by contacting the Town of Plattsburgh Parks and Recreation Department at 518-562-6860. PLATTSBURGH - Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. Search for Meaning. A study and discussion group that is now exploring Eckhart Tolles A New Earth: Awakening to Your Lifes Purpose. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4 Palmer St., for info 518-561-6920.

PLATTSBURGH - Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Sunday Serenity. 12-Step Meeting of Adult Children of Alcoholics.. For more information about the organization, visit All are open to the public, free and at 4 Palmer St. unless otherwise noted. PORT HENRY - Grief Support Group First Thursday of Each Month Port Henry, St Patrick's Parrish Center 11:00-12:00pm For more information. Marie Marvull 518-743-1672 SARANAC LAKE – Grief Support Group First Tuesday of Each Month Saranac Lake, St. Luke's Church in the Baldwin House 12:30-1:30pm. For more information. Marie Marvull 518-743-1672 LECTURES & SEMINARS ESSEX - A History of the World in Six Weeks. 7:30 p.m. Whallonsburg Grange Hall, 1610 Route 22, Essex. Class presented by Andy Buchanan, University of Vermont lecturer in global history. For more info & prices call 518-963-7777 or Tuesdays until March 27. Part of the Lyceum Series. LAKE PLACID - Saturday, February 24th Annie and Jonny Duet: Join us for an evening of beautiful vocals and harmonies that are blended into an eclectic mix of acoustic folk, torchy blues, bluegrass, gospel, early jazz and more! Lectures start are 8pm and are open to everyone. For more information on daily programming, ADK membership or lodging, please visit the Adirondak Loj, call (518)523-3441 or visit our website at

PUBLIC MEETINGS AU SABLE FORKS - Please take note that the regular monthly meetings of the Au Sable Forks Fire District for the year 2017, will be held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM at the Au Sable Forks Fire Station located at 29 School Lane, Au Sable Forks, N. Y. 12912. The meetings are open to the public. CADYVILLE – Al-Anon Family Group Meeting every Sunday 7pm8pm, Wesleyan Church, 2083 Rt. 3, Cadyville, NY. For more information call 1-888-425-2666 or 518-561-0838. CHAZY – Al-Anon Family Group meeting every Friday 7:30pm8:30pm, Sacred Heart Church 8 Hall Street, Chazy. For more information call 1-888-425-2666 or 518-561-0838 ELIZABETHTOWN – Al-Anon Family Group meetins every Sunday 4:00pm-5pm, Board Room in Elizabethtown Community Hospital 75 Park St., Elizabethtown. For more info call 1-888-425-2666 or 518561-0838 LAKE PLACID – Al-Anon Family Group meeting every Monday 8pm-9pm, St. Agnes Church Basement 169 Hillcrest Avenue, Lake Placid. For more info call 1-888425-2666 or 518-561-0838 PLATTSBURGH - Adult Children of Alcoholics meeting Wednesdays at 8:00 pm at Auditorium B at CVPH. More information can be found at www.adultchildren.or or by emailing

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Opposition mounts to proposed state tax burden shift Executive proposal to make state land tax exempt has united green groups and local officials in outrage By Pete DeMola EDITOR

ELIZABETHTOWN | Concerns continue to grow by an expanding coalition over an executive budget proposal to use payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreements instead of market value to calculate taxes on land in the Adirondack Park and the Catskills.


Environmental groups joined local officials last week in arguing the measure would shift the burden to local governments and taxpayers. The constant threat of diminished revenue may erode the shaky alliance that has been forged between environmental groups and local governments. “They could stop seeing the Forest Preserve as the financial asset it is,” said Adirondack Council Executive Director Willie Janeway in a statement. “That can lead to local opposition to important state land purchases and political pressure to allow more intensive forms of recreation that cause harm to the Forest Preserve’s forests, waters and wildlife.” The state proposal could also reduce local autonomy. “If the state takes away their legal protections for tax collection in this budget, what’s to stop them from halting the payments entirely in the next budget, or the one after that?” Janeway said. Essex County Real Property Tax Service Director Charli Lewis estimated last week $185,300 would be immediately shifted from the state to local property owners if the proposal took effect immediately, resulting in about an 8.5 percent tax increase. Half of the county’s land is state owned. If all of that is made tax exempt, Essex County could lose an estimated $956 million in taxable value. Dozens of schools districts would also be impacted. Local lawmakers are apoplectic. “This is why I hate the state,” said Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow. “They speak with a forked tongue, they do not practice what they preach. They tell you to do shared services and tell you can’t do what you are already doing. Who do they represent? Not our taxpayers.”


The state is currently required to pay full property taxes

on Forest Preserve. State-owned lands are assessed the same as private holdings: Local assessors work with state officials to determine the state’s tax obligations. The state was paying $75 million per year in property taxes on Forest Preserve lands inside the Adirondack Park in 2010, the last year for which it issued a report, according to the Adirondack Council. The proposal would make all state land tax exempt, and the swap would result in Albany controlling how much it would pay local authorities for the parcels. Locally determined assessments of taxable state land are reviewed by the Office of Real Property Tax Services (ORPTS) annually, a measure the state Division of the Budget argues encumbers agency resources. Under the swap, a formula would be utilized to convert the existing ad valorem tax on state-owned lands into a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) at existing amounts to be increased each year by the allowable levy growth factor for the property tax cap (the lesser of prior year inflation or two percent). Impacts will be more severe in towns with larger tracts of state land, including North Hudson, Newcomb, Minerva, Indian Lake and Long Lake. The annual payments range from $3.7 million in Newcomb, $3.1 million in Long Lake and $2.3 million in Harrietstown, to about $100,000 in lands with smaller holdings, including Chesterfield and Crown Point in Essex County. “Ultimately this would be devastating for local government,” said Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board Executive Director Fred Monroe. This plan will not be voted on separately, but rather as a part of omnibus spending package. The Adirondack Council is calling for the governor to strip the plan from budget in his 30-day amendments. Protect the Adirondacks has also criticized the measure, calling it a “radical change to a core part of the Park’s civic infrastructure, a breach of faith for all who believe in the Adirondack Park and want to see it succeed.”


The state Division of the Budget is punching back against the criticisms. “The goal of this budget proposal is not to reduce property tax payments on forest preserve lands – in fact, it increases the state’s payments,” said Morris Peters, a spokesman for the state budget division. Peters told The Sun the goal is to achieve “administrative efficiencies” within ORPTS. “Under this proposal, the state’s payments would actually grow each year, commensurate with the growth of the statewide allowable levy limit,” Peters said. “The savings comes from releasing ORPTS of the responsibility of re-

viewing local assessment determinations, which is a timeconsuming undertaking. Instead, the most recent assessment would become the base level and the amount would be inflated each year.” In theory, the proposed changes would bring savings through administrative efficiencies and staffing reductions, said Peter Bauer, executive director of Protect the Adirondacks. And since assessments on state lands would not be necessary, some localities would be spared “significant resources.” But, he said, the proposal needs further study. “This plan was rolled out without analysis, projections, or details about all impacted programs,” said Bauer in a statement. “There are real questions about long-term impacts from a possible shortchanging on Forest Preserve assessments, slowing in the growth of state tax payments on the Forest Preserve, and a tax shift to private lands.”


State Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) said the shift has been previously discussed by past administrations — but were always defeated. “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it,” she said. Gov. George Pataki proposed the state begin making PILOT payments of $10 an acre on all state lands in 1997, she said. But Albany didn’t take into consideration the payments routinely exceeded that amount. “That went down quickly,” Little told the Essex County Board of Supervisors last week. Monroe said: “We fought that quite vigorously.” Little and state Assemblyman Dan Stec (R-Queensbury) are opposed to the proposal, and encouraged lawmakers to contact the governor’s office to share their concerns. “In the Senate one-house bill, we’re rejecting that,” Little said. “(Payments) could go up in the short term, but there’s too many unknowns in the long term. I wouldn’t vote on it, and we’re trying to eliminate it.” Stec said its inclusion in the budget proposal could be a result of a “communication issue.” “But now it’s in governor’s budget, so it’s real,” Stec said. “It needs to be dealt with and can’t be ignored. “I’m sure that in the budget process, we’re going to be doing everything we can to make sure it gets out of there.” Towns and counties across the Adirondacks are working to pass resolutions opposing the plan. The governor submitted his executive budget proposal on Jan. 16. “We are working with the legislature towards enactment in advance of the April 1 beginning of the fiscal year,” Peters said. ■

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Clinton County sets special election Mark Henry and Jerry Marking will square off for vacant seat on March 27 By Elizabeth Izzo STA FF W RITER

PLATTSBURGH | The Clinton County Legislature has officially set March 27 as the date for the special election to fill the vacant Area 3 seat. Mark Henry, a Republican, and Jerry Marking, a Democrat, will square off for the seat left vacant by Sam Dyer’s election to Beekmantown supervisor last month.


Marking, 54, is a long-time resident of West Chazy and served as a firefighter for the City of Plattsburgh for nearly 30 years. He now works at Lake City Choppers. “I decided to step into politics because I am passionate about the local area and can see the great potential for Clinton County to continue to grow,” Marking said in a statement. “I want to be a part of making our county a great place for young people to live and raise families with solid job prospects and quality of life. I would love the opportunity to contribute to that.” The candidate unsuccessfully ran for Chazy Town Supervisor last year, losing 460 to 522 to William Arthur. Henry, 69, served as Chazy Town Supervisor for four years. He decided not to run for reelection last year. The candidate cited his track record as supervisor and as a Chazy Central Rural School Board Member as assets, including

mapping out fiscally responsible budgets and adhering to the tax cap. As town supervisor, Henry touted improvements to local recreational parks and wastewater systems as accomplishments, as well as putting idle property back on the tax rolls. He also cited improving handicap assess and lighting as examples of his can-do leadership, as well as measures to protect farmland and measures to share services with the state, county and surrounding towns. “One of the best ways to gauge future success is to look at past experience,” Henry told The Sun in a phone interview. The Clinton County Republican Committee endorsed Henry last week, as did the Town of Chazy and the Town of Beekmantown’s Republican Committee chairmen. Henry also received an endorsement from Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Willsboro), who attended the county committee meeting. “I am proud to support Mark Henry for Clinton County District Three Legislator in the March 27th special election!” wrote Stefanik on Twitter. “I’m absolutely pleased to get her support,” Henry said.


Each party must submit a certificate of nomination for their candidate by Feb. 5. Independent petitions are due at the same time. Two polling places will be open in Chazy, and one in Beekmantown at the fire station on Route 22. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on March 27. Anyone interested in being a poll worker is encouraged to contact the Board of Elections: 518-565-4740 or The next training session for poll workers is scheduled for the end of February.

Jerry Marking and Mark Henry are running to fill the Area 3 vacancy on the Clinton County Legislature. The special election has been set for March 27. Photos courtesy Elect Mark Henry, and Jerry Marking, via Facebook


Dyer took office as Beekmantown town supervisor following a nailbiter of a race. The race between Dyer, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Norman Davis was tied and had to be decided by a state court judge. County lawmakers appeared to consider an appointment rather than holding a special election. Legislator Mark Dame (Area 8), one of three Republicans serving on the Democratic-majority legislature, said that talk of an appointment never should’ve happened. For the first few weeks of January, Legislative Chair Harry McManus (Area 1) and Majority Leader Patty Waldron (Area 6) said that the legislature was still considering an appointment. According to a local law passed in 1995, the legislature had to make a decision, by majority vote, within 30 days. “Many of us did look very hard for someone

willing to fill that appointment,” Legislator Simon Conroy (Area 4) said. “Many of us have worked hard to get more people involved in politics,” said Conroy, a Democrat. Conroy said that some felt a March election would have left little time for voters to get to know candidates, one of whom will serve through 2019, and an appointment would’ve given candidates more time to campaign. Dame said that an appointment never should’ve been an option. “It never should’ve gone to conversation of an appointment,” he said. “I’m pleased that my colleagues have come around to letting the voters decide.” Minority Leader Jonathan Beach (Area 2) called for his colleagues to help draft a new law to replace the 23-year-old legislation that allows an appointment by the legislature. “Maybe we should draft a new local law,” he said. ■ — Pete DeMola contributed reporting


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PHS back atop swimming podium By Keith Lobdell SPORTS EDITOR

CLINTONVILLE | The Plattsburgh High boy’s varsity swim team is back where they feel they belong, atop the Section VII and X standings in boy’s swimming. The Hornets scored 380 points in going on to defeat second place Franklin Academy (252), third place Gouvernour (202) and fourth place AuSable Valley (200) at the annual meet. The event started with the team of Slade Wright, Michael Graves, Sean Vogl and Aaron Bouchard winning in the 200 medley relay, with the AuSable team of Trent Gravelle, Skylar Ackley, Dalton Ess and Trevor Gravelle finishing second. In the 200 free, the Hornet’s Luke Moore, via Seton Catholic, scored the win with Trent Gravelle of AVCS in second. Wright then placed third in the 200 IM, while Nick Palma returned the Hornets to the top of the podium

in the 50 free, followed by Ess. Vogl then placed third in the 100 fly with Palma and Graves then taking the top two spots in the 100 free. Moore returned to the pool for his main discipline, winning the 500 free over teammate Bouchard by 48 seconds. Wright then got to the line first in the 100 back against AuSable’s Trent Gravelle and Akley, while Graves and Luke Gerhardt took the top two places in the 100 breaststroke for the Hornets. In the other relay events, the PHS team of Graves, Palma, Jonathan Bell and Moore won the 200 free relay; while Palma, Moore, Bryce Benware and Wright scored the win in the 400 free for PHS. ■

Plattsburgh High’s Nick Palma dives into the water after teammate Lauke Moore touches the wall in a relay race during the Section VII/X swim meet Feb. 10. More pictures from this event can be found online at Photo by Jill Lobdell

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By Keith Lobdell STA FF W RITER

LATHAM | If the Moriah Vikings capture another state championship this year, they will not be able to defend it — at least not at the Class D level. According to new numbers released and approved by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Executive Committee, the BEDS numbers regarding school classifications will be lowered for Class D, bumping Moriah up to a Class C school.

Lake Placid would also be moved entirely into Class C. This season, the Lake Placid girl’s soccer boy’s and girl’s basketball, and baseball teams played as a Class D. The Boy’s soccer team claimed their fifth straight Section VII/Class C title, while the combined Lake Placid/Keene softball team played up as a Class C. Moriah football would remain as a Class D program, keeping the Class D rivalry between with Vikings and Ticonderoga alive. Starting with fall sports, Class D in boy’s and girl’s soccer, boy’s and girl’s basketball, baseball and softball will be defined as a

school with BEDS numbers at 149 or below. Meanwhile, Class C schools would be made up of schools between 150 and 269 students grades 9-12; Class B 270-499; Class A 500964; and Class AA 965 and up. Statewide, the numbers would lead to 162 Class D schools, 171 Class C, 169 Class B, 169 Class A and 107 Class AA. The proposal was presented to the committee by Section X.


In a change from tradition baseball, the Executive Committee also approved a mercy rule in

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Jacob Nolan is a favorite in the 160 weight division at the NYSPHSAA state wrestling tournament after winning his bracket to capture the Section VII title Feb. 10. For more photos from this event, visit Photo by Jill Lobdell

Nolan, Lapier to lead state contingent By Keith Lobdell SPORTS EDITOR

SARANAC | After falling to the Peru Indians in a match to determine which team would go to the state dual meet, the Saranac Chiefs fought back strong, winning the second matchup of the regular season between the two squads and capping the 2017-18 regular

season by winning the Section VII championship on their home mats Feb. 10. “We made a few lineup changes and we were able to get people healthy coming into the last part of the season,” coach Heith Smith said. “We knew we had a strong team and it is always tough going up against Peru. We are happy to come away with the title.” In the lone match of the night not won by the top seed, Saranac’s Johnny Devins scored a decision win over Peru’s Kellen Blake, which was followed by the clinching victory for the Chiefs as Jake Nolan scored a win and the title for his team. “We have worked very hard in the gym and knew we could have success,” Nolan said. “Everyone on the team stepped up and we were able to get the results we needed.” “We have battled it out each and every time out and I was able to keep attacking no matter if I was up or down,” Devins said. “It comes down to whoever keeps the attack going and today, I showed up.” Nolan will lead the Section VII contingent of 15 weight class winners to the Times Union Center in Albany for the 2018 NYSPHSAA tournament, held Feb. 23-24. Along with Nolan, AuSable Valley’s Chance Lapier, who finished third at last season’s tournament, will return to seek the championship at 182.

“I have had some great matches at Eastern States and other places that have helped me to see where I stand in the state and I am very much looking forward to the tournament,” Lapier said. “I am going to keep working hard over the next two weeks and I feel confident heading into it.” Dalton Criss of Peru also has momentum heading intp the state tournament, having pinned the top-ranked Division II wrestler in the heavyweight class earlier this season. The Section VII team will include (with regular season record): 099 - Swyer Bruce (Beekmantown) 37-3 106 - Robert Foley (Saranac) 25-8 113 - Alijiah Seymour (Peru) 17-2 120 - Logan Dubuque (Peru) 22-4 126 - Bryce Smith (Saranac) 27-10 132 - Alex Christman (Saranac) 28-8 138 - Kaeden Peryea (Beekmantown) 37-4 145 - Zach Swyers (Peru) 17-8 152 - Johnny Devins (Saranac) 24-5 160 - Jacob Nolan (Saranac) 34-4 170 -Jaice Filion (NAC) 33-3 182 - Chance Lapier (AVCS) 32-2 195 - Mason Maulding (Peru) 11-3 220 - Jaden Maldanado (Beekmantown) 27-6 285 - Dalton Criss (Peru) 18-10 ■

Chiefs, Lady Hornets win indoor titles By Keith Lobdell SPORTS EDITOR

PLATTSBURGH | While it was business as usual for the Saranac boy’s indoor track and field team Feb. 10, the Plattsburgh High Lady Hornets went from contender to belt holder, edging the Lady Chiefs by a slim 9.5 points to win the Section VII championship at the PSUC Fieldhouse. The Hornets got three wins from Sue Sivakumaran (300, 55 sprint and long jump) while other schools kept the Lady Chiefs away from the top of the podium in several sports, giving the Lady Hornets the edge they would need. Grace Clark scored the win in the 55 hurdles, while Saranac’s Rachael Woodruff was a triple winner in the 1,000, 1,500

and 600. Lea DeJordy of Seton Catholic was the winner in the 3,000, while the Peru relay tams took two events and PHS one. On the field, Ticonderoga’s Meg McDonald earned the high jump title yet again, beating out Peru’s Ella Messner by an inch. Messner came back with a win in the triple jump, while Kat Furman of Saranac won the shot put.

Saranac Lake’s Tyler Martin won the 600, while Caleb Moore scored a win in the 3,200 and Jason Moore of PHS won in the high jump. ■


Duffield opened the scoring for the Chiefs with a win in the 55 hurdles before scoring wins in the long jump and triple jump. For Biasi, all three wins came on the track in the 300, 55 sprint and as a member of the 1,600 relay. The Chiefs and Saranac Lake split the other two relay events. Saranac’s winning ways continued with Andrew LePage in the 1,600.

Thomas, Burnell lead Pats, Lady Eagles to bowling titles

By Keith Lobdell SPORTS EDITOR

PLATTSBURGH| For the AuSable Valley Patriots, it was business as usual the past three years at the Section VII bowling championships at North Bowl Lanes Feb. 3. For the Beekmantown Lady Eagles, however, it was anything but. The Eagles needed an impressive af-

ternoon session in order to overcome a more than 200-pin deficit to the Peru Lady Indians in order the reclaim the Section VII girls title, a feat they were able to do with strong games in the fourth and fifth turns. “We knew we were going to be a little sluggish early and we were with a slower team, and it just kinda got us out of our usual routine,” said Beekmantown senior Cheyenne Reeves. “We came off

the morning a little tired and I just told them it was time to get (going). We just weren’t feeling it but I knew the second half of the day we would come in and kick some butt.” “It was nerve wracking because we knew we were behind but we knew we would be good if we all came out and did our best,” added Morgan Burnell, who claimed the individual title for the day » Bowling Cont. on pg. 17

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» Bowling Cont. from pg. 16 For the Patriots, it was a wire-to-wire win which placed them atop the podium. “This has been great,” said Ryan Thomas, who earned the overall boy’s title as well with his team. “Most kids do not get the chance to do this and this has been a great team to be apart of. Thomas added be had motivation for the day. “My dad and I had a bet if I finished over 1,300 for the day he would get me some kind of award,” Thomas said. “I still don’t know what it is yet.” “It feels really good, especially for us seniors, that we were able to end this off with the goal we wanted to accomplish,” said Tyler Light, one of three seniors on the team with Thomas and Tyler Atkins. “It felt good to have a lead throughout and not have the pressure on us that if one roll didn’t go well, it could hurt us.” It has been an amazing experience to be part of teams going to states,” said Atkins. “Th is has been a great team and we have had some fun times.” “It has been fun to three-peat with these kinds,” coach Jeff Miller said. “If one of this kids is struggling, the other kids are there to pick them up. It’s fun to watch.” Ticonderoga coach Donna Fleury agreed the team was fun to watch, even as an opponent.

“They are not only great bowlers but a great bunch of kids and our team always loves to play them,” said Fleury. The two sophomores on the team also expressed how they would miss their teammates. “Being around these seniors is always getting to be a part of their positive energy,” said sophomore Troy McDonald. “They are just positive energy. I will miss that and getting the chance just to bowl with them next season.” “It has been a special team,” said Logan Martineau. “It has been fun to compete and to win the title with them.”

The Rhythm Future Quartet will take the stage at the Saranac Methodist Church on March 4 at 3 p.m. This By Elizabeth Izzo Boston-based gypsy • COLUMNIST • jazz troupe is expected to perform a mix of originals and classics, including songs from Django Reinhardt and Cole Porter. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. A donation of $15 per person is suggested. Children under 12 can attend for free. To learn more, call 518-293-7613. The Whallonsburg Grange Hall is screening the 2017 film “Battle of the Sexes,” on Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, the movie follows the story behind a 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Tickets are $6 per person. For more information, visit

Patricia Coupal will perform her senior recital at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Krinovitz Recital Hall on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. Coupal is receiving her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Theatre this spring. Her show will include vocal selections from Schubert, Purcell and Rossini, along with theatre selections from Sondheim, Lippa and Styne. Tickets are free. Learn more by calling 518-564-2482. As part of the Adirondack Film Society’s screening series, “Loving Vincent” will be screened twice at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on Feb. 16-17, both at 7 p.m. “Loving Vincent,” a movie that brings famed painter Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings to life to tell his lifestory, was nominated for an Academy Award this year for Best Animated Feature Film. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information, visit In celebration of the achievements of the 1980 U.S. hockey team, the Palace Theater in Lake Placid will host two free screenings of the Disney film “Miracle” on Feb. 22, one at 4 p.m. and another at 6:30 p.m. The movie, starring Kurt Russell, follows the victory of the U.S. team over the Russian team in the Olympics hosted in Lake Placid. Learn more at Dave Matthews tribute band Proudest Monkeys are performing at the Tannery Pond Center in North Creek on Feb. 23. The North Country natives are expected to play selections from the Dave Matthews Band’s first seven albums. They’ll take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. Learn more at ■


Along with the bowlers who were part of the sectional championship teams, six others are named to the Section VII team which will represent the regional competition. They include: Girls: Kathryn Bowman (Peru), Katelynn Miller (AVCS), Sabrina Phair (NCCS), Leita Ciolek (Peru), Madison Cragle (Peru), Kayla Gay (Willsboro). Alternate: Sarah Williams (Peru) Boys: Axel Dedrick (Ti), Gavin Fleury (Ti), Jacob Deyo (BCS), Gabe Sisco (NCCS), Nick Dorrance (Saranac), Matt Fall (Saranac). Alternate: Sidney Burnell (Beekmantown). The NYSPHSAA bowling championships are set for March 10-11 at the OnCenter in Syracuse. ■

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NOW - MARCH 21 Moriah » Free Adult Swim

Program held at Moriah High School; Wednesdays 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Exercise-based. 5:00 pm-6:00pm Open Swim.

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Saranac Lake » Winter Bread

Market held at First United Methodist Church; 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Fresh Baked, Hand-made, Organic. Pre-Orders welcomed & appreciated. Text or Call 518-3021828

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Plattsburgh » Towne Meeting

presents, The History of Folk held at United Methodist Church; 7:00 p.m. At Wood, Wire & Voice Coffee House. Admission by donation. Join us for a fun evening of sing - a long music at the United Methodist Church on Beekman St. For more info 518-563-7077.

FEB. 17 Essex »

Play Gym for families with kids, newborn to age 6 held at Whallonsburg Grange; 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Indoor wintertime fun for kids and families for


Winter Bread Market held at First United Methodist Church, Saranac Lake

six Saturdays. Run, jump and play in a space big enough to burn off some energy. Kids form newborn to age 6 and their parents/caregivers welcome. Free but donations are appreciated. Parent/caregiver must be present. Free, But donations gratefully accepted. For more info or 518963-7777

FEB. 17

North Creek » Spike Wilner Trio

held at Tannery Pond Center; 7:30 p.m. Spike Wilner, piano, has performed in many New York jazz venues. He also toured with the Artie Shaw Big Band, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and Maynard Ferguson. The Trio also features Joe Magnarelli on trumpet and Paul Gill on bass. Come join us for an evening of outstanding jazz performed by some of the finest in the business. For tickets go to www. tannerypondcenter. org or call 518251-2505 for reservations.

FEB. 17 - FEB. 18

Lake Placid » Freestyle & Biathlon Nor-Arms held at Olympic Village; The event is used to qualify skiers to start in Nor-Am competitions and possible starts in U.S. World Cups. Details: events

FEB. 17

West Chazy » Bruce Patenaude & Bill Jock to perform held at Vesco Ridge Vineyards; 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Familiar favorites from the 70’s, 80’s, and more. Details: 518-8468544,

FEB. 17

Plattsburgh » Double Feature

Film Series held at Newman Center; 7:00 p.m. (90 Broad St., Plattsburgh) presents a double-feature of iconoclastic classics Luis Bunuel’s surreal masterpiece “Simon of the Desert” (1965) will be followed by the historic and seminal “Passion of Joan of Arc” (1928) on reel-toreel 16mm. Free, with donations welcome.

FEB. 17 - FEB. 18 Raquette Lake » WINTER

CARNIVAL held at Village Green; 11:00 a.m. A do not miss winter event! Any weather and anything goes! Kids Games starting at 11am. Ladies Frying Pan Toss, Team ice golf, bonfire, cross-cut & chainsaw competition and fireworks. Enjoy sledding, skating, family and friends. All welcome. Free For more information www.

FEB. 18

Saranac Lake » Olympic Challenge held at Civic Center; 3:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. to coincide with the 2018

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Winter Olympic Games. The event will include curling instruction, a friendly game, and a social at the Hotel Saranac. No experience necessary! All adults and teens interested in curling, register online at You can sign up as an individual or get a group of four together and bring your own team! Space is limited. Feel free to email Carrie Gentile,, with any questions.

He won his five medals in Lake Placid in 1980. There will also be sports demos and a free concert at the Olympic Jumping Complex featuring the band Third Eye Blind.

West Chazy » Double Shot-Brigid & Johnny to perform held at Vesco Ridge Vineyards; 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Entertaining mix of songs old & new! Details: 518-846-8544, www.

Long Lake » Winter Wonderland

Peru » 4th Sunday Breakfast held

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Week held at In & around town; The Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled free activities for kids of all ages. If you would like more information or would like to sign your kids up for the Monday/Wednesday/Friday events please call Steph at 518624-3077 ext 113.(Space is Limited for certain activities)

at Peru Memorial VFW; 9:00 a.m. -Noon Bacon, scrambled eggs, sausage gravy & biscuits, corned beef hash, pancakes or French toast with real maple syrup, juice and coffee. ONLY $10. 710 Pleasant St, Rt 22B Peru. Details: 518-5935628 or

FEB. 22

Peru » Just Jammin held at Peru

Memorial VFW; 6:00 p.m. A group of local musicians get together to “Jam” listen, dance and /or join them. Items for a light supper available for purchase. 710 Pleasant St., Rt 22B, Peru.

FEB. 24

Lake Placid » Winterfest held at Olympic Village; You don’t want to miss Winterfest. A Team USA event, Winterfest includes meet and greets with Olympians such as ice dancers Meryl David and Charlie White, 1980 Olympic gold medalist Jim Craig (goalie for the Miracle on Ice team), freestyle skier Jeremy Bloom, bobsledder Vonetta Flowers, and five-time Olympian speed skater Eric Heiden.


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City OKs $500K Saranac Bridge grant Amidst financial uncertainty, lawmakers delayed grant acceptance — now the project is moving forward By Elizabeth Izzo STA FF W RITER

PLATTSBURGH | The city will move forward with plans to reconstruct a footbridge over the Saranac River that was removed two years ago after failing a state inspection. Lawmakers delayed for weeks accepting a $500,000 state grant to help fund the bridge, citing concerns over being able to afford the city’s share of funding. “Everybody wanted more information and time to mull it over,” ex-Councilor Becky Kasper (Ward 5) told The Sun before she resigned last week. Lawmakers unanimously approved a resolution to accept the state grant and move forward with the project on Feb. 8. Total costs for the project, which is part of the second phase of Saranac River Trail project, are projected at over $3 million.


The bridge construction is part of a larger

multi-phase plan to create a system of trails along the Saranac River through the town and city of Plattsburgh. The Common Council was initially concerned that the cost to complete the project would exceed the amount the city has already borrowed, around $622,000. Environmental Services Manager Jonathan Ruff and Engineering Aide Andrew Durrin told the council that the additional cost beyond the amount borrowed, estimated at $470,000, could be reduced by using city labor and alternate bridge builders. Mayor Colin Read said that he’s “optimistic” the city can continue to search for additional sources of funding to further offset costs, and any additional cost to complete the project could be “next to zero.”

A second bridge, one connecting the end of Durkee Street to the NYSEG site on Caroline Street, is also included in the Saranac River Trail plans. The Sun confirmed with a city official that the city has received approximately $1.6 million from the state Department of Transportation so far. The total local share, the portion the city will put into the project, is projected at $1 million. When asked for details on what specifically this recent $500,000 state grant would be used for, and how much the total project cost would be, Read declined to comment, citing a need for more information.


According to the final design report for the project, approximately 10,500 walking or biking trips were made either to work or school in Plattsburgh on a daily basis in 2000. The current trail, completed six years ago, isn’t fully connected to key locations downtown — forcing pedestrians at times to walk along city roads to get to where they’re going, the report says. It’s unclear how much the bridge itself was used while it was still open. The old Saranac Street bridge, a large woodslat, concrete and steel structure that connected a former NYSEG site off of Caroline Street to Pine Street, was demolished in 2016. With the project formerly under the supervision of ex-City Engineer Kevin Farrington, who was laid off last year after the city’s Engineering Department was abol-


The city-sponsored project, which was conceptualized over a decade ago, didn’t include the replacement of the structure. The 83-foot bridge was built in 1909 for both cars and pedestrians, before more recently being reduced to pedestrians only. The Saranac River Trail project was later expanded to include the bridge after the state inspected it in 2015 and found that, similar to the Webb Island footbridge, its condition had deteriorated and it was in danger of collapsing. The replacement bridge is required by the state to look similar to the old one, Ruff said. According to Read, the new bridge will likely be pedestrian-only.

ished, Ruff told The Sun that the city is still piecing together the full scope of the project and more details were likely forthcoming.


City resident Sue Moore said on Feb. 1 that whether the council accepted the grant or not, the burden shouldn’t land on the shoulders of the taxpayers to pay. “If we’re going to borrow this money, we have to come up with the cuts to pay for it,” she said. “We can’t do this anymore. We’re broke. We’re sick of paying more taxes.” Councilor Michael Kelly (Ward 2) said at the last Finance and Budget committee meeting that the Common Council will need to make at least $600,000 in permanent cuts and another $100,000 in temporary reductions this year to stave off a large tax increase in 2019. A representative of Friends of the Saranac River Trail, a grassroots group formed to promote and develop the trail, decried the council’s considerations of denying the $500,000 state grant and possibly torpedoing the project. “When grants are turned back, it’s not just the overall funder that says, ‘Oh, we don’t want to deal with that entity again,’” said Jesse Feiler, president of the group. “Word on the street, as they say, gets out.” Feiler said earlier this month that the city could be viewed as an unreliable partner, making it difficult to secure funding in the future. “I’ve been in some of these meetings and I’ve been in the social gatherings where these people say ‘don’t deal with those entities.’” ■


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children. Phone: 298-4358 St. Mary’s Catholic Church - Church Street, Champlain. Anticipated Mass: Saturday 5:30 p.m., Sunday Mass: 8 a.m. Weekday Masses: Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. Three Steeples United Methodist Church - 491 Route 11, Champlain. 298-8655. Sunday morning worship 9:30 a.m. CHAZY Chazy Presbyterian Church - 620 Miner Farm Rd., Chazy. 846-7349 Worship and Sunday School will begin at 11 a.m. Email: Sacred Heart Church - Box 549, Chazy 12921. (518) 846-7650. Sunday Mass (Ant) 6 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m. DANNEMORA Dannemore United Methodist Church - 86 Clark Street, PO Box 488, Dannemora, NY. Pastors Wendy and Gary Rhodehamel. Phone: 518-8919287. Worship and Sunday School

-- Sunday 11:00 a.m. ELLENBURG St. Edmund’s Roman Catholic Church - Route 11, Ellenburg. Saturday Anticipated Mass, 4 p.m. Sunday Mass, 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. ELLENBURG CENTER United Methodist Church of Ellenburg - 5 Church St., PO 142, Ellenburg Center, NY 12934 Pastor: Gary Rhodenhamel Phone: 518-8919287 Hours: 9am Service, Sunday Worship & Sunday School ELLENBURG DEPOT Ellenburg Depot Wesleyan Church - 2179 Plank Rd., PO Box 177 Ellenburg Depot, NY 12935. Pastor: Robert R. Phillips. Phone: 594-3902. Sunday Family Bible Hour: 9:50 a.m. Sunday Worship Time: 10:50 a.m. Children’s Youth Ministries: Call for schedule.

MOOERS Mooers United Methodist Church - 14 East St., Located adjacent to old Post Office. Sunday service, 9:30 a.m. Contemporary & traditional music, activities for children, youth and families, 236-7129, pastoral@, mooersumc Mooers Wesleyan Church - Maple Street, Mooers. Sunday school, 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship 10:45 a.m. Sunday Night Service 7 p.m. Wednesday Night 7 p.m. (518) 236-5330. MOOERS FORKS St. Ann’s Catholic Church - Route 11, Mooers Forks. Anticipated mass Saturday 4:00 p.m. Reconciliation before mass. Sunday 8:00 a.m. mass. PLATTSBURGH Plattsburgh United Methodist Church - 127 Beekman Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901. 563-2992. Pastor Phil Richards. Service Sunday 8 a.m.

and 10 a.m. Nursery available at 10 a.m. First Presbyterian Church - 34 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901. Phone 561-3140. Paster Timothy Luoma. Find us on Facebook or at Worship 9:30 a.m., Coffee Fellowship 10:30 a.m., Church School for children and adults 11:00-11:45 a.m. Child Care Nursery Available. Seventh Day Adventist - 4003 Rt. 22, Plattsburgh, 561-3491 - Pastor Livergood Worship Saturday at 11:30 a.m., Pot Luck Dinner after service Trinity Episcopal Church - 18 Trinity Place, Plattsburgh, NY 12901. 518-561-2244. Services: Saturday 5:00 pm, Eucharist with dialog sermon. Sunday 8:00 am, Eucharist. Sunday 10:00 am, Eucharist (with music, followed by refreshments/coffee hour). Wednesday 5:00 pm Community Meal ROUSES POINT St. Patrick’s Catholic Church - Lake Street, Rouses Point. Anticipated

Mass: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday Mass: 10 a.m.; Weekday Masses: Monday & Tuesday 9 a.m., Communion Service: Wednesday 9 a.m. First Presbyterian Church - 50 Washington Ave., Rouses Point, New York 12979. Telephone 518-297-6529. Telephone 518-846-7349. Sunday Service 9 a.m. Sciota United Methodist Church Sunday service 9 a.m. Route 19, Sciota. WEST CHAZY St. Joseph’s Catholic Church - West Church Street, West Chazy. Saturday Vigil Mass, 4 p.m. Sunday Mass 10 a.m. Weekday Masses: Monday through Friday at 9 a.m. Confessions: Saturday, 3-3:30 p.m. West Chazy Community Church Pastor Marty Martin. 17 East Church St. Fiske Road, West Chazy, NY. Ph. 493-4585. Sunday: Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Tuesday; Youth Group 6:30 p.m.

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Access for the disabled takes spotlight as Boreas debate enters next phase As DEC takes reins, stakeholders gird for debate over access for motorized wheelchairs By Pete DeMola EDITOR

RAY BROOK | The Boreas Pond Tract classification has been approved by the Adirondack Park Agency and is now awaiting the governor’s signature. Stakeholders are preparing to hammer out the details over the final 590 feet of roadway from the Gulf Brook Road barricade to the ponds themselves. At the center of the emerging debate is whether motorized wheelchairs should be granted access. The APA approved classification Alternative 2B on Feb. 2 by a 8-1 vote, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Unit Management Plan (UMP) process will govern precisely what recreational uses will be allowed. Advocacy groups believe the process, which is expected to begin this spring, may be as contentious as the public hearing process itself, which created 24 hours of oral testimony and more 11,000 written public comments in late-2016, a level of engagement the agency has called “astonishing.” “This is where the rubber meets the road,” said North Hudson Town Supervisor Ron Moore.


Stakeholders have long sparred over how long Gulf Brook Road, the seven-mile thoroughfare granting access to the namesake ponds from Blue Ridge Road, should be kept open. The former logging road is barricaded at three miles under the DEC’s interim access plan. Alternative 2B will keep the road open via a Wild Forest corridor up to a tenth of a mile from the ponds. Under the classification, the state agency will be allowed motorized access for maintenance, but the public will not. “The public would not have motorized access for this last tenth of a mile to get to the dam,” said APA Deputy Director of Planning Kathy Regan at a committee meeting on Feb. 1. APA board member Chad Dawson, who cast the lone dissenting vote, repeatedly questioned how the state could balance environmental safeguards while also providing “reasonable access” to the ponds. “There’s certainly plenty of waterbodies in the state of New York that are public and accessible that everybody of all abilities can access,” Dawson said. “There are very few of them that are isolated, that are there for the future.” Everyone wants opportunities, he said. “But everyone can’t have an opportunity to everything.”


Alternative 2B utilizes an area about an eighth of a mile north of the Gulf Brook Road as the Wilderness and Wild Forest boundary, with the division broken out along a north-south axis. The first of two proposed parking lots will be located about three miles into the parcel at the interim access gate. Boreas Ponds Road extends northeast past the Four Corners to an abandoned 50-by 75-square-foot landing that APA staff have indicated may be used for a second disabledonly parking area. “We’ve estimated parking for a few cars, but it depends on if they’re van-accessible or what kind of parking areas there are,” said Regan. Access the Adirondacks, a coalition of sportsmen and local officials, has called for between 6 and 10 spaces in “close proximity of the ponds.”

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If approved as recommended, Alternative 2B will keep Boreas Ponds Road open via a Wild Forest corridor to a tenth of a mile from the ponds. Photo provided Wheelchairs are allowed anywhere pedestrians are on state land. But Access hopes at least four spaces would fall under the DEC’s CP3 program which grants the agency the authority to issue temporary permits to the disabled for motorized access to certain state lands on a case-by-case basis. Users could then transverse from the lot to put-in spots for canoeing or kayaking. CP3 is prohibited under a Wilderness designation, as is public motor vehicle use by anyone — including the DEC. The program is highly controversial amongst stakeholders. ATVs are among the motor vehicles permitted under the policy. BeWildNY, a coalition of environmental groups, believes CP3 cracks the door open for their usage on the parcel, a claim Access has fervently denied is their intent. Regan acknowledged access to the disabled was a key issue underpinning classification considerations. “Our problem with providing CP3 access to the ponds, or close to the ponds, was that if it was Primitive, it wouldn’t have worked because CP3 only applies to areas in Wild Forest,” she said. Dawson repeatedly sought clarification on the policy and peppered staff with questions. “Does every lake have to be CP3 accessible?” Dawson asked. “Does it have to have universal access? I think it’s a public policy question. We don’t have a lot of direction in the (State Land Master Plan). That’s something we need to discuss and talk about because it shapes how I think about these alternatives.” Other places may be more appropriate for CP3, said Dawson, who said he believed there has already been a “significant compromise” between the stakeholders in the long-running debate, which he called “contrived.” “We’ve sort of got this battle line drawn around this road, and it disturbs me that it’s come down to that as a sort of this philosophical argument,” Dawson said. “There are a lot of places someone can go in the Adirondacks and get motorized access,” he continued. “Let’s just leave one of them alone for present and future generations.” As talk of CP3 repeatedly surfaced, APA

board members continually deferred to the upcoming ,,I U MP process I and batted away I speculation as to what uses would or would not be allowed on the newly acquired state land. “This classification here offers possibilities — not certainties — and the UMP is where that would be entertained, including all the controls that would go for controlling access, whether a permit system, or what have you,” said Robert Stegemann, the DEC designee to the APA. APA staff were briefed on CP3 by DEC Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator Carol Fraser last January, said APA Chairman Sherman Craig. Craig said he is under the impression that the potential second parking area is “very much” in keeping with what Fraser described as appropriate for universal access and CP3. “I don’t believe that handicap accessibility in one way or another is required for every resource that we’ve purchased,” Craig said. “However this particular one is incredible, so I would have a hard time arguing this was a resource that’s not appropriate for CP3 or universal (access).”

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Several local officials perceived Dawson’s comments as insensitive when it comes to offering access for the disabled and elderly to one of the Adirondack Park’s most breathtaking vistas. “Throughout this whole process, in general, there’s been suggestions that there are lots of other places for people to go,” Moore said. “This is an opportunity for people of all abilities to go and see a view they probably can’t see anywhere else in the (Adirondack) Park.” Not all views of the High Peaks from the south are open to the public, said Moore, citing the privately-owned Elk Lake Lodge in North Hudson. Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Farber admitted not every destination can accommodate the disabled.

The construction of a road to the top of the High Peaks, for instance, would be illogical. “But these issues are never that black or white,” Farber told The Sun. “I find myself personally troubled that we’d consciously make the decision to exclude (the disabled) and not take every position we can to make sure everyone can enjoy this particular pond.” Farber noted the debate revolves around offering accommodation to pre-existing infrastructure. “If we’ve got the opportunity to provide that, why wouldn’t we?” he said. “It’s a human instinct, a reaction that just comes natural to me.”


Craig, the APA chairman, said the agency’s goal has always been to present a range of options, and a main objective was find a way to ensure handicap access will be “reasonably close” to the ponds. “Is it perfect? No, it probably isn’t,” Craig said. “But I do feel comfortable that we allow this to happen for folks with some disabilities.” He said he had faith DEC would find common ground during the UMP process. “I honestly think what we’re doing is providing the possibility for DEC to create a situation where people who truly need special consideration to stand on that dam and look at the High Peaks and accept that value — and I think spiritual value almost,” Craig said. “I am very much willing to have faith that DEC will thread the needle on this universal access. Yes, continue with some CP3. But this is a small area — I’m going to say 4 to 6 cars, that’s my guess.” The UMP process will commence this spring, DEC commissioner Basil Seggos told The Sun last month, with the public comment process unfolding this summer. ■ — To read this article in its entirety, visit

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PLATTSBURGH | Help is on the way to aid as many as 70 people left displaced by flooding in Plattsburgh. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced that the state would allocate $7 million in funding for relief efforts at Underwood Estates, a mobile home park on the south side of Plattsburgh that was damaged by floodwaters earlier this month. The state will make up to $100,000 eligible for each of the 70 homes impacted when the Saranac River overflowed its banks in mid-January. “I don’t think they’ll even get to that level per home but they were damaged, they’re wet, once a home gets wet and there is water in the fiberglass, mold is there the next day and that’s unhealthy and it’s dangerous,” Cuomo said. The state will also provide three months in rental assistance for the families as they make repairs or seek new housing situations. “This is transformational,” said City of Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read. “I think the residents are going to be overjoyed to see this.” The damage is not eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance, he said. But that might be a blessing because the federal government tends to move slow — and the people need help right away. The proposed funds have not been allocated from a specific program and will require approval from by the state legislature. “It has never been difficult when it is in response to a natural emergency or natural disaster,” Cuomo told reporters after an event at Clinton Community College. “It’s beautiful that New Yorkers’ first instinct is we should be helpful. So I don’t think there’s going to be an issue.” State Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) toured the site with the governor on Wednesday morning. “We all know how powerful water is,” she said. “When water freezes in your house, it’s even worse. These people have been through

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The governor toured Underwood Estates with local and state officials, listening as Read briefed him on the scale of damage. “Many of these mobile homes were under two feet of water,” Read said, gesturing to a line of structures along Sandlewood Way surrounded by piles of ice, snow and sand. As many as 51 families remain displaced, and approximately 30 homes in the park may be permanently destroyed. Some residents, unable to return to the park, are left in limbo. “Many people are staying with relatives or temporarily housed in hotel rooms,” Read told the Common Council last month. Permanent housing could be found for only 8-9 families, he said. From the 70 homes affected by the disaster, only 24 families have officially been cleared to return home. But according to Bruce Eaton, a resident there for nearly a decade, many more have filtered back into the park anyway, ignoring notices from the city’s building inspector’s office that their residences haven’t been cleared yet. As the governor toured the park, smoke from a ventilation pipe barreled from a home with a notice still on the door. Cuomo has prided himself on his response to natural disasters, and his visit was the latest in his feet-on-the-ground style of leadership, much like the aftermath of Hurricane Irene in 2011, when Cuomo touched down and engaged in clean-up efforts in Keene.


Eaton guided the governor through a mostlyempty trailer at 22 Sandlewood Way, speaking about the challenges homeowners, and the property owner, will face now that the water has receded. Though some homes only saw water reach floor-level, the water has settled in the belly of the buildings, soaking the insulation and creating a hazard as mold begins to grow. “Once the water gets into that insulation, it sits and molds, and that is dangerous,” Cuomo said. “You can smell it already.” The insulation in many of these homes is fiberglass with a paper base, Eaton said. Cuomo looked around the room. It’d been cleared of all furniture, most of the occupant’s belongings now gone. The floor below was soggy, giving way

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that the state would allocate $7 million to help homeowners of Underwood Estates, a mobile home park destroyed by flood last month, rebuild. Homes in the park will be eligible for up to $100,000 in funding. The governor toured the park on Jan. 31 alongside a gaggle of local and state officials, including Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read, also pictured here. Photo by Elizabeth Izzo slightly with each step. “The mold is dangerous,” Cuomo said again. “Yes. Very much so,” Eaton replied. “Nothing you can do here,” Cuomo said as the two left the room. When asked by a reporter to describe the state of the other flooded homes in the park, Eaton said: “Terrible. Terrible. Beyond repair.” “Well, even once it gets into the insulation, it’s basically beyond repair,” Cuomo agreed solemnly. “But you can rip out all that insulation now.” “A lot of these people I don’t think can even afford the materials, much less the labor on top of it,” said Eaton. “It’s sad. It really is.” The flooding was caused by a damaged berm, and the governor ordered its reconstruction be fast-tracked by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to protect against future severe weather. “(DEC Basil Seggos Commissioner) says he’ll get it approved in 14 days and give him a

round of applause,” said Cuomo, who jokingly threatened to give out his phone number if the work isn’t completed during that time frame.


Since mid-January, wildly fluctuating temperatures have caused more than 50 ice jams across the state. State agencies have been deployed to assess the severe weather damage and have been working with local officials throughout the state to mitigate flooding near rivers and streams. Officials from the New York State Homes and Community Renewal, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, state State Department of Transportation and DEC joined the governor on the tour. “The governor has a wonderful team,” Little said. “Just wonderful people who are so intent on completing the governor’s mission, which is to help.” She added: “What’s helping at Underwood is really helping with a capital ‘H.’” ■ — Pete DeMola contributed reporting

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